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The Vintage Collection / Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting?
« on: August 21, 2019, 08:39 PM »
With the rumors of the Triple Force Friday figure offerings consisting of 5" figures, a wave of Vintage Collection figures, and a wave of Black Series figures...it does make me wonder what we will see in the way of vehicles. I know there are some things rumored for the Galaxy of Adventures line, and two possible Vintage Collection vehicles (Luke's X-Wing?), but it would be strange if that was it. One of the main draws of the 3 3/4 scale in the first place was the ability to interact with vehicles and environments. But, at the same time, I can hardly remember a vehicle release since the Force Awakens that didn't get clearanced, so maybe they don't hold the interest of kids much anymore.

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The Vintage Collection / Re: What Would Be "The End" For You?
« on: August 21, 2019, 08:29 PM »
This might fit in the "future of" thread as well, but just a topic that has come up again lately. I like to be a positive person, and don't mean for this to be a "the line is dead!" Thread, but it is starting to look like there won't be a "basic" 3 3/4" line for the Rise of Skywalker. It sounds as if we will still get some Vintage Collection figures, but it will probably be somewhat limited. All that being said, it is starting to seem like it is possible that the 3 3/4" scale might be heading towards the end, or at the very least become much more limited.

At this point, if we get to the point where Star Wars collecting - at least affordable, retail level stuff - is either 5" or 6", how would your collecting change? Would it end when/if the 3 3/4" scale did, would you focus more on 6", switch focus to another property, or something else altogether? I personally hope we continue to get Vintage Collection figures, even if it is only 16-20 figures per year. If they eventually move on, I'd probably continue to pick and choose from Black Series, save some money, or focus on vintage toys more.

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Man, we heard about this last October? It really has been awhile. I know it was expected "Fall 2019", but have we heard anything about this lately. Looking forward to it myself.

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The Vintage Collection / Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting?
« on: August 20, 2019, 08:14 PM »
Interesting to see if that actually extends to the bubbles/Windows on current toys. I mean, they mention it, but is there an action figure out there that doesn't use that in some shape or form? I can't imagine basically buying things blind boxed all of the time. I mean, I love the vintage collection cardbacks, but outside of that I don't know that I care. Save the world, and minimize packaging. The face printing may take out some of the guesswork as to the quality of a figure, but there could still be errors/problems.

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Other Collectibles / Re: Disney Star Wars Toybox Action Figures
« on: August 9, 2019, 09:48 PM »

Based on the echo in here I might be the only one collecting these things....

I actually really like this line as well, but haven't been able to pick any up for awhile. I try to keep up with the OT ones for sure, but they are all neat. I've grabbed a couple Marvel ones as well, and the Buzz and Woody from Toy Story.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: Zica Toys 3.75" Sectaurs Figure Line
« on: July 29, 2019, 11:44 PM »
I had sort of forgotten about these until they were on BBTS front page today when I stopped there. Looks like they are on the way soon-ish. Honestly I never had these as a kid, but was at least aware of them. After learning more about the original line over the past few years, I'm kind of interested in picking a couple up. I'm just a sucker for 80s nostalgia toylines.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: 2019: What Are You Collecting?
« on: July 28, 2019, 05:55 PM »
Post SDCC (and yearly) bump. With possible changes in the upcoming Star Wars lines (less 3 3/4"), looks like things could be changing for many...

Star Wars

Vintage Collection - I'm in as we get them, specifically OT stuff and new figures that get sprinkled in.

Black Series - possibly the future (and present?) of Star Wars collector figures at retail. I'm selective here, and will continue to be. Right now I have three floating shelves for BS figures, and can only display so many, so I really think about each figure that comes into the house. OT focus here as well, and any face paint upgrades we get. Likely in for some Rise of Skywalker figures, and the Mandalorian.

Marvel Legends - What I've primarily been buying the last couple years, to be honest. There is just so much if it, so I don't get everything, but quite a bit of it. Hasbro has really been killing it on this line, and I've been loving the MCU stuff as well as the classic comic looks they put out.

MOTU Origins - Not out until the Fall of 2020, but I'm likely in on this. Already have a collection of Classics that I'm very happy with, but the combination of vintage style/scale, a somewhat reasonable price, and a retail presence sounds like a fun thing to get in on the ground floor with.

Otherwise, that might be about it. I honestly don't have a ton of room left to display things, so I've gotten a lot more selective with "other" stuff, particularly modern. I have been picking and choosing from the Transformers Siege line, I really like those. I still work on vintage toylines like GI Joe, TMNT, Super Powers, Secret Wars, etc. when I have the time/money.

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Other Collectibles / Re: Collecting 'To Do' Lists!
« on: July 24, 2019, 05:34 PM »
Not sure if anyone else is still doing the "to do" lists, but thought I'd give this the old bump. Looking back, it is funny how these have changed over the years.

Star Wars

Vintage Collection

Black Series

General Obi-Wan Kenobi (Walgreens)

Vehicles and Beasts

Marvel Legends

Avengers Infinity War Series (Hulk BAF)
Loki (Classic)

Avengers Endgame - Thorbowski BAF
Captain America
Iron Man
Heimdall
Iron Patriot
Vision
Valkyrie

2020 Spider-Man Wave
Shang Chi
Vulture
Gamerverse Spidey

Misc
She Hulk
Dr Doom
Squirrel Girl w/Scooter
Strong Guy BAF

80 Years of Marvel
MCU Korg and Grandmaster

Marvel Legends Exclusives
X-Men 3 Pack (Cyclops, Jean, Wolverine)
X-Factor 2 Pack (Havoc, Polaris)
Dani Moonstar (Walgreens)

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The Vintage Collection / Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting?
« on: July 24, 2019, 12:03 AM »
I was thinking about this a little more today, and although it is sad in a way, I think I am ok with it. TVC is really what I primarily collect Star Wars wise, and it appears that it is continuing for now. Looking back at the past couple years' releases, it looks like we could see roughly 12-25 figures per year if they continue on a similar schedule (and a mix of new/repacks). All this reminds me of one of my favorite eras of my collecting, Power of the Jedi. It had a similar number of releases/schedule, and although prices are higher now, it was a much more "manageable" collection for me back then.

Still not sure how long a line like this will have a place at retail, but we will see. I still think they sort of want, or would just be ok with, a lineup of "5 inch GOA is for kids, Black Series is for collectors". Either way, definitely a new era of Star Wars collecting. One thing I kind of like about that GOA line, for kids in particular, is they look like fun toys. Like, toy toys - the type a youngling can grab, bash together, go on adventures in the backyard, etc.

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The Vintage Collection / Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting?
« on: July 22, 2019, 10:08 PM »
As others have said, with Jayson's great reporting I guess I kind of felt the "tremor in the force" here. I was really hoping they would at least hang on through Rise of Skywalker, because it does seem weird to have a consistent line of figures for two thirds of a trilogy. Also, although I know kids aren't necessarily into Star Wars figures like previous generations, as someone with a daughter who had pretty complete runs from Force Awakens and the Last Jedi, it's kind of a bummer she won't really get to "complete the set". Admittedly she is less interested in toys now, but I'm sure there are other kids all over who are still young enough to be.

Outside of that, I guess I get it to some extent. I think, at least in the Marvel side of things, those 5/6" $10 figures gather way more interest than any 3 3/4" stuff they ever had. Plus, it just seems like Star Wars collecting or interest - particularly outside of the collecting community - is really in the gutter right now. I know I haven't seen anything move at our stores, for a long time. Anyways, overall a real bummer, hopefully TVC can continue on for awhile longer. I could see that line going "fan channel" or something eventually too.

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The Vintage Collection / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2019
« on: July 20, 2019, 11:21 AM »
I just feel like maybe all the secrecy hurts Star Wars a bit. I get that a lot of it is out of Hasbro's hands, but just in general. I mean, there is a level of secrecy with Marvel stuff too, but Hasbro is able to basically be the talk of the show with their Legends reveals each time. Often 20-30 new figures shown in some instances. If they can't show movie stuff, they unleash a bunch of new comic based figures. I don't see why they couldn't just mix things up unveiling some OT and PT stuff, or just characters they missed from Force Awakens, Last Jedi, Rogue One, Solo, Clone Wars, or Rebels.

I still kind of wonder about the basic line of 3 3/4" stuff. I don't know that we have had much in the way of rumors for that, where everything else has been covered. I think TVC will continue for the time being, but I could also see that eventually moving to "Fan Channel" or some sort of online exclusive type of thing. I personally love the scale/line, but it sort of seems to be becoming more niche. I could see them wanting the primary lines being the 5" and Black Series.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
« on: July 19, 2019, 11:15 PM »
And....Today's reveals Man-At-Arms and Beast Man.

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The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Legends
« on: July 19, 2019, 11:14 PM »
On the other side of the Star Wars presentation, Marvel Legends hit it out of the park once again. Among other things they announced:

MCU Avengers wave with Endgame Thor BAF
Squirrel Girl with Scooter
Dr Doom
Cosmic Ghost Rider
X-Men 3 pack (Cyclops/Jean/Wolverine)
Polaris/Havok 2 pack
Strong Guy
She Hulk
Shang Chi
Vulture
Morph
Nate Grey
Dani Moonstar

And more....


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The Vintage Collection / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2019
« on: July 19, 2019, 06:26 PM »
Woof. I mean I get that a lot is held back for Rise of Skywalker, Mandalorian, and the whole triple force Friday thing, but yeah that has to be one of the biggest snoozers they have had. Fett helmet looks cool, and the Black Series Dagobah Luke shows promise....but they couldn't have had some non new media reveals? A couple OT figures, or PT figures, or something from the previous Disney era movies? Seems like they could have planned out to have something to show.

I'm sure there will be a lot of hate for the 5" line, but I kind of get it. Although it isn't exactly the same thing, those $10, 6" Marvel figures seem to sell like gangbusters to the kiddos/parents. Not to be doom and gloom, but I wonder what that means for the 3 3/4" basic line? Seems like a lot of different lines to have out at once otherwise.

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HA! Compared to the Rancor, Torture Droids and Bib Fortuna, another Luke is the least exciting thing they could have thrown in there!

I'd like to see those as well, but honestly I'd be down with an all new Jedi Luke with face printing. I don't know about everyone else, but I have a tough time leaving the pre-face scanned figures in the display. The newer ones are worlds better in that category.

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